November 24, 2005 Print Edition

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Leaders sign marriage amendment petition in symbolic gesture, told to fight worldview

OCALA (FBC)—Seeking to galvanize the 1,975 messengers and visitors in at­ten­dance to action, leaders of the Florida Baptist State Convention publicly signed the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment during its 144th annual meeting Nov. 14-15 in Ocala.

Florida native Adrian Rogers, longtime Bellevue pastor and SBC leader, dies at 74

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP/FBW)–Adrian Rogers, the longtime pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in suburban Memphis and one of the fathers of the grassroots movement that brought the Southern Baptist Convention back to its biblical, historical roots, died Nov. 15. He was 74.

Ocala’s Celebrate Jesus prompts witness training, yields 35 professions of faith

OCALA (FBC)—Seated in the pews of Wyomina Baptist Church, 160 youth from 12 churches across Florida listened intently, train­ing to take the Gospel to Ocala’s communities. When their activity was complete, 11 spiritually lost souls would be won for Christ during the Nov. 12 “Student Jesus Project.”

Georgia Baptists vote overwhelmingly to sever ties with Mercer

COLUMBUS, Ga. (BP) — The Georgia Baptist Convention by an overwhelming majority voted Nov. 15 to sever its 172-year-old relationship with Mercer University.

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Point of View

Last January, a fifth grader named Stephanie Versher celebrated her birthday by bringing brownies and gifts to her classmates. Among the gifts were pencils printed with the words “Jesus loves me this I know; for the Bible tells me so.”

Point of View

I can now say I’ve eaten goulash, although I’m still not sure what it was.

Point of View

On Nov. 15 we grieved over the death of Adrian Rogers. But we do not grieve for him; we grieve for ourselves. We will greatly miss him. We celebrate his coronation into the very presence of the Lord as he is now absent from the body and present with the Lord.

Wicker to Florida Baptists: ‘It’s transformation time’

OCALA (FBW) – In times of “frustration and failure,” Christians must “turn to the great Transformer, the creative Christ who makes all things new,” Hayes Wicker preached Nov. 14 in his president’s message at the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting in Ocala.

State Board hires two new employees, transfers a third

OCALA (FBC)—Convening twice in conjunction with the Florida Baptist State Convention Nov. 14-15 in Ocala, the State Board of Missions employed two new staff persons and transferred a current employee to a newly created position.

Sullivan: Christology of the Gospel important

OCALA (FBC)—“It doesn’t matter what else we say, what else we preach, if we don’t get this right—the Christology of the Gospel—we may as well declare ourselves a civic club, a social club or some other entity,” said John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention. “This is the most important thing about the Word of God.

Colson: ‘Moral will’ of Americans comes from Christian church

OCALA (FBW)—Exposing a “clash” inherent among worldviews, Charles Colson contrasted evolution with Intelligent Design and Islam with Christianity in his address to messengers Nov. 14 on the first day of the two-day annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

God interested in ‘hearts and issues’ of Southern Baptist seminaries, Roberts says

OCALA (FBW)–Phil Roberts, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Mo., greeted messengers on behalf of the Southern Baptist Convention and the six SBC seminaries.

Florida Baptist Convention ready to assist churches

Evangelism Division Director David Burton, called attention to the “Everyone Can” campaign during a report Tuesday evening Nov. 15 and encouraged messengers attending the annual convention meeting to commit to leading at least one person to Christ.

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